The CCIB seminar series offers interesting presentations related to research in computational and integrative biology. The presentations reflect the types of collaborative research being done at the center and provide an opportunity to come together as a community for informal discussions and conversation.

Unless noted, all seminars take place during the free period (12:20pm – 1:20pm) in the Business and Science Building, Room 132.

Coffee and snacks are provided.

Next Seminar:

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Wenyi Wang, Rutgers-Camden

Title: Quantitative Nanostructure Toxicity Relationship

Abstract: The toxicity of nanomaterials has become a major concern due to its increased usage in a variety of applications (e.g., electronics, cosmetics, and medicine). Nanoparticles have different sizes, shapes, chemical compositions and surface modifications, making it difficult to simulate the toxicity as opposed to small organic compounds. Furthermore, there is a lack of comprehensive data and standardized toxicity endpoints on nanoparticles necessary for modeling the toxicity of compounds. I gathered and curated several data points related to nanotoxicity, along with the crucial parameters mentioned above. Using the datasets, I aim at designing Quantitative Nanostructure Toxicity Relationship (QNTR) approaches to develop validated and predictive models. Specifically, I will develop novel approaches to calculate the surface properties, as well as overall chemical properties of nanoparticles, integrate the various parameters with the conventional Quantitative Structure-Activity Relationship (QSAR) modeling process and publish the predictors. The novel approaches will be applicable to various nanomaterials and endpoints, while the established models and predictors will be used to prioritize potentially toxic nanomaterials. 

Future Seminars:

Fall 2015 Seminar Speakers                      

  • September 15, 2015: Dr. Feng Gai; University of Pennsylvania
  • September 22, 2015: Nicole Pope; CCIB Student
  • September 29, 2015: Daniel Russo; CCIB Student
  • October 6. 2015: Wenyi Wang; CCIB Student
  • October 13, 2015: Sean Ekins; CSO of Collaborative Drug Discovery 
  • October 20, 2015: Jia Song; University of Delaware
  • October 27, 2015: Lewis-Burke Associates – YOU MUST RSVP BY 10/20 to Caryn Terry 
  • November 3, 2015: Sweta Sharma; CCIB Student
  • November 10, 2015: Yinghui Zhong; Drexel University
  • November 17, 2015: Marc Halfon; SUNY at Buffalo
  • November 24, 2015: Tianhai Tian; Monash University
  • December 1, 2015: TBA
  • December 8, 2015: TBA

Past Seminars:

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